Subdural empyema

J. Donald Coonrod, Peter E. Dans

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A review of the data on the cases of subdural empyema seen at a large general hospital over the past twenty years disclosed several problems in the diagnosis and management of subdural empyema. These included failure to recognize subdural empyema as a complication of sinusitis and confusion of subdural empyema with viral encephalitis or various types of meningitis. The diagnosis was obscured in several patients by early antibiotic therapy, resulting in a delay in surgical drainage. Greater awareness of the clinical settings in which subdural empyema occurs is necessary to reduce the high morbidity and mortality from this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalThe American journal of medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1972
Externally publishedYes

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